Seaside town with bags of charm
Nestling on the coast, a mere forty minutes by train north of Dublin, this little jewel of a seaside village is fast stepping into the limelight.
Skerries has been steadily growing a reputation as a foodie paradise, it hosts a plethora of restaurants, cafes and bars all serving a spectacularly high standard of food. Blue Bar is the highlight of the harbour, the Olive Deli is a quality café selling everything locally sourced and then there's tapas, fish and chips and plenty of Italian to boot. You will not go hungry on this day trip, if anything you will be rolling home twice the size you arrived.
In between meals, Skerries will keep you entertained. The beautiful setting of this village is a walker's paradise with the rolling green countryside as a delightful counterpoint to the rugged coastline. The forested grounds of Ardgillan Castle extend from the sea right up to the beautiful stately home where the dramatic views over the sea and the Mourne Mountains in the distance are some of the best in the area. It is home to a delightful rose garden and fairy trail to keep the more whimsical at heart amused.
Outdoor Dublin is an excellent company that will help you utilise the amazing beaches around Skerries. They offer stand up paddle (SUP) boarding, canoeing, kayaking and surfing for all skill and age ranges. They also offer gear rental and will take you out on the water for a guided tour around the islands surrounding Skerries. For the less adventurous, the blue flag beach is ideal for a paddle and there are designated swimming areas with a lifeguard on duty during the summer months.
The charm of Skerries is the idyllic setting and the relaxed small town ambience where the locals are just as likely to show up to the bar in a fleece and walking boots as jeans and a nice top. When you see the rows of colourful cottages and neat shop fronts you won’t doubt its Tidy Town 2016 title (a big thing in Ireland). The fact that it is only twenty minutes from the airport makes it an excellent idea to stay here for the night before you fly home, or the day before, or you know, just stay here instead of Dublin.